6850 or 6870 which is better

should i buy a RAdeon 6850 or 6870? the price difference is ten bucks; i plan to play at a resolution of 1440x900

can i max out games with the 6850?

also which is more reliable?
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  1. Just flash the 6850 with the 6870 bios. You save yourself money.
  2. GoldenI said:
    Just flash the 6850 with the 6870 bios. You save yourself money.


    You're confusing the 6900 series with the 6800 series. The 6950 can be flashed into a 6970 in some cases, though cards capable of that are getting quite rare due to this trick hurting 6970 sales. The 6850 cannot be flashed into a 6870. The 6870 is about 10% faster than the 6850. For the extra 10 bucks, I'd say it's definitely worthwhile. Even though either card will do quite well at your resolution, the 6870 would last a little longer before becoming obsolete, and will perform better if you do decide to upgrade to a 1080p monitor down the road.
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